Creating Healthy Rhythms around Food and Family with Dina Deleasa-Gonsar

Today’s episode is a conversation about creating meaningful rhythms around food and family. Whether you are running around with your head cut off because of your busy family schedule, or you have become more isolated due to the culture shifts of a global pandemic, we think this episode will be encouraging and life-giving to you today.

 

Our guest is Dina Deleasa-Gonsar, the creator, writer, and television personality behind the popular food blog DishItGirl.com. Dina is known for sharing her family traditions and modern twists on recipes along with an inside look at her real life as a mom and wife. When in the kitchen, Dina brings her recipes to life with her personal anecdotes and honest, quick wit. Whether she’s whipping up something quick for dinner or pulling out all the stops for a family celebration, she inspires at-home cooks to get creative and try dishes that will become a staple in their house. Dina knows life isn’t always glamorous, so she strives to keep her content relatable, making sure to dish out her real life that goes on behind the scenes of social posts and media platforms. Her family is at the center of everything she does and this can be seen during her time on the E! Network show “Married to Jonas,” which she appeared on alongside her sister. More recently, she was named Best Home Cook by the Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, and has contributed her recipes to the Today Show, Fab Fit Fun, Living Naturally Magazine, Hidden Hills, Cook’s Cook, Eat Up New York, and Jersey Bites, among others. Whether it’s a 4-course meal or simply breakfast for dinner, with DishItGirl, Dina hopes to keep it real, with real-good food along the way. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband, Brian, and daughter, Siena.


Unexpected Beauty: What We Can Learn From Parents Raising Special Needs Children

Do you ever wonder how the unexpected shifts in our story will be used for His glory? This podcast is for you! Jeff and Terra have a life-giving conversation with Amanda Cunningham, founder of The Glory Days Co., a company that provides organizational tools for parents and caregivers of children with special needs. Amanda not only shares the gift of these resources with our audience, but she shares openly about her unexpected journey with her daughter Rory. Amanda’s story reveals how God weaves everything - our story, gifts, and talents - together to create something beautiful.

Amanda’s daughter, Aurora “Rory”, was born with an unexpected diagnosis of Down Syndrome. The early months following Rory’s birth were filled with confusion and overwhelm as Amanda attended multiple doctor and therapy appointments, while wading through the newness of becoming a stay-at-home mom of two. When looking for tools to support her in this new role as a special needs parent, she found nothing. Desperate, Amanda created an organizational system that is now The Glory Days Daily Planner - the first daily planner for children with special needs. This planner launched an entire line of products which serve parents who are living the day-to-day with a special needs child in their home. Amanda and her husband live in West Virginia with their three kids.


Sweet Like Jasmine: Healing from Childhood Trauma

The Asian-American story is not often talked about. There are many reasons why, but in this episode, Jeff and Terra talk with Bonnie Gray, who courageously writes and shares the hope and healing from her own childhood abuse and crisis of identity. This interview touched the lives of Bonnie, Jeff and Terra and we think it will be a gift to you too.

 

Bonnie is the author of Whispers of Rest, Finding Spiritual Whitespace and Sweet Like Jasmine: Finding Identity in a Culture of Loneliness. An inspirational speaker and podcast host of Breathe: The Stress Less Podcast, Bonnie touches thousands of lives using storytelling, soul care, and prayer. Bonnie’s global following of readers come to her for inspiring Christian content in her authentic, unique voice. Her writing has been published and syndicated across a broad online audience. Bonnie lives in California with her husband and two sons.

 

Bonnie grew up as a Chinese-American daughter of a mail-order bride and a busboy working in San Francisco’s Chinatown. In this episode she shares about her childhood, the effects of abuse, trauma, racism, and how she found grace-filled healing after trying to perform.


Sexpectations, The Bible, and Reclaiming Your Married Sex Life with Debra Fileta & Gary Thomas

The Mattsons invited Debra Fileta and Gary Thomas to talk about their new book, Married Sex: A Christian Couple’s Guide To Reclaiming Your Love Life.

 

For far too long, the church has remained silent on the topic of married sex. That’s why we are doing a very short, but important series on sex in marriage. The importance of saving sex for marriage is  famously preached, but what about savoring sex after marriage? What happens when people who have been taught that their sexual desires are bad get married and want to instantly awaken their sex life? What happens when the church fails to promote the enjoyment of God’s greatest physical gift to humanity? At best: mediocre sex. At worst: no sex. What happens when our expectations meet reality and we have to work at a our sex life.

 


Sex is Complicated: Let’s Talk About It with Mike Novotny

We are in the middle of a short series on sexuality and what the Bible has to say about it. According to George Barna's American Worldview Inventory 2021, nearly half of all theologically born-again individuals (43%) say premarital sex is morally acceptable. Millions of Christians, married couples included, still struggle in their own bedrooms. The epidemic of pornography continues to grow. Recent research revealed that a popular pornography site processes 81 million daily average visits. 50,000 searches per minute!

 

Today Jeff and Terra are joined by Mike Novotny. Mike is a pastor at The CORE, a church in downtown Appleton, WI, as well as spiritual leader and lead speaker for Time of Grace, a media ministry that reaches people more than a million times each month through weekly television broadcasts and podcasts. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, continuing his streak of 37 years of playing organized soccer, running long distances and reading any nonfiction he can get his hands on. Mike is used to tackling taboo topics with an open Bible, including: anxiety, sexuality, gender, depression, divorce, suicide, addiction, abuse, abortion, pornography, and more. He has authored many books over the years, the most recent is entitled: Sex is Complicated: Let's Talk About It.

 

For different people, sex can be exciting, interesting, bittersweet, triggering or even urgent. And it's a topic that's still unfortunately not talked about enough in the church.

But you know who is talking about it? Everyone else. And who is profoundly influencing thought on it in our culture? Everyone else. So...let’s dive in!


Awareness is Curative for Your Marriage with Dr. Les Parrott

Join Jeff and Terra for a conversation with professor, author, speaker and relationship expert, Dr. Les Parrott, on practical tips for a healthy relationship, including the most common issues couples face. In this episode, Les explores the unique challenges for leaders and their marriages as well as the key factors define healthy relationships. As Les said many times throughout this episode, awareness is curative.


Understanding the needs of boys & men with John Eldredge (author of Wild at Heart)

At Living Wholehearted, we believe deeply in learning to live and lead with integrity. And though most of us would say we believe this too, many of us have not been given the tools, the “how to”, or even good examples to follow. So instead, we hear messages like, “Stop that” and “Hide that” and “Quit doing that” without any insight into the why and the deeper needs of our humanity. In fact, we are living in a time when men and boys are experiencing the greatest mental health crisis we’ve ever known. We have invited a leading authority on masculinity to join us in a very important conversation.

 

Our guest today has had a significant influence on Jeff's journey and may have had an impact on you as well. We will be talking about the core needs of men and boys with best-selling author and counselor, John Eldredge. He is the president of Wild at Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God and recover their own hearts in God’s love. John and his wife, Stasi, live near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 

In this episode, John shares his own story, the cultural shifts impacting men and boys today, the effects of a global pandemic on males, and how they can learn to meet their relational needs. John also shares how women can help the men in their lives live more fully. 


Building Intimacy in Your Marriage and Emotional Dr. Michelle Engblom-Deglmann

Join Terra for part 2 of her conversation with Dr. Michelle. Discover some essential truths about building emotional intimacy in marriage. As an expert EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) therapist, Dr. Michelle helps us understand why couples fight and how that can be fuel for intimacy. She shares common relational patterns for couples for those who find themselves in the rut of life, with very little friendship or romance. Terra and Dr. Michelle vulnerably share honestly about their own marriage attachment patterns and hope that anyone listening will find grace for where they are in marriage.

Dr. Michelle Engblom-Deglmann is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and currently serves as the Living Wholehearted Clinical Director. In addition to being a professor, she is in private practice working with individuals, couples, and coaching/supervising therapists. She received a Bachelor's degree at the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota, followed by a Master's in Counseling Psychology at St. Cloud State University, with a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. She went on to become a licensed MFT, before receiving a Ph.D. in Family Therapy from St. Louis University. Dr. Michelle also teaches as a graduate professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at George Fox University. Prior to moving to Portland, she was a professor and Clinical Training Director at Simpson University in Redding, California. As a professor she has presented and published, both regionally and nationally, on topics of divorce, remarriage, trust, and attachment among others.


How to be a Healthy Helper - Avoiding Burnout

In this episode, Terra talks to Dr. Michelle about how to be a healthy helper in an anxious world. We explore the inner life of helpers (pastors, counselors, youth workers, psychologists, spiritual directors, nurses, doctors, etc…) and what they need to maintain their own integrity as they strive to balance the work they do and the life they live outside the office.